- UK parliamentarians held a Westminster Corridor debate on the ‘political situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir’
- The controversy was held by Labour MP Sarah Owen, who spoke about restrictions in IoJK since August 5, 2019
- The UK authorities was represented by the Minister of State of Overseas Affairs Nigel Adams
LONDON: UK parliamentarians on Wednesday held a Westminster Corridor debate on the ‘political situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir’ proposed by Labour MP Sarah Owen.
Sarah Owen spoke in regards to the restrictions in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) since August 5, 2019, when sure provisions of Article 370 have been revoked and Jammu and Kashmir have been accorded the standing of a Union Territory.
Speaking in regards to the restrictions in IoJK and evaluating it with the COVID-19 lockdown, she mentioned: “I am sure we have all caught ourselves at some stage moaning about the lockdown, but for the people of Kashmir it is not something new and, unlike here, in IoK, lockdown is not about safety; it is about control… The lockdown of 2019 shut off entire communities and their communications to the outside world.”
“Around 7 million people have been silenced and cut off. There were families worried about loved ones. Students studying in Luton were unable to get fees paid by parents in Indian-occupied Kashmir, as banking ceased. There are curfews to control people’s lives, not a virus—a lockdown enforced by half a million soldiers,” she mentioned.
The UK authorities was represented by the Minister of State of Overseas Affairs, Nigel Adams, who addressing the discussion board, mentioned that the UK authorities stays engaged with India though reiterating their place that it isn’t “appropriate” for the UK Authorities to prescribe an answer or act as a mediator almost about the unresolved query of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
“The situation in IoK has been of particular concern to many here today, including this Government, especially since the revocation of article 370 of the Indian constitution in 2019 and the introduction of several restrictions on assembly and communications by the Indian Government, which has been raised by many Members.”
“We understand that some of these restrictions may have been relaxed, with broadband internet partially restored, along with some access to social media. This is welcome news, but more should be done,” mentioned minister Adams.
In the meantime, the Indian Excessive Fee in London additionally reacted to ‘Kashmir’ being debated by UK lawmakers.